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Gary Speed’s widow has found happiness with a millionaire’s property developer

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Gary Speed’s widow found happiness with a millionaire property developer, who helped her cope with loneliness after the star took her own life.

Louise opened an interview over the weekend to mark the tenth anniversary since the death of the former Wales football manager, announcing that she had found love after years of unhappiness.

It can now be revealed that the man who helped heal her heartbreak is businessman Quinton Bird, 52, a divorced father of three.

She and Mr Bird have been business partners for six years as the sole directors of the successful new construction and refurbishment firm Bow Property Development in Chester.

Mr Bird has been open about their relationship on Facebook page, where his account features pictures of the happy couple. One post is from a summer vacation and another, from 2019, featuring Quinton and Louise dressed in hiking gear, is titled ‘Lakes with Lou!’

Louise, mother of two, told the Daily Mail that the death of her high school sweetheart Gary – who committed suicide in 2011 – left her with many unanswered questions, and in the immediate aftermath she had spent two years “struggling to get rid of it.” . the couch’.

Louise Speed, the widow of Premier League football star Gary Speed, is now happily in a new relationship with businessman Quinton Bird, 52, a divorced father of three. Together in the picture

Louise (pictured) spoke candidly to admit the loneliness she felt when Gary committed suicide ten years ago.  She said she drank a bottle of wine most nights for two years to numb the pain

Louise (pictured) spoke candidly to admit the loneliness she felt when Gary committed suicide ten years ago. She said she drank a bottle of wine most nights for two years to numb the pain

Louise and Gary were childhood sweethearts who met when they were 13 and raised two boys while building a glittering football career and becoming manager of Wales

She recalled, “It was like being in my worst nightmare. There were no answers and no Gary walking through the door again. Nothing would ever get better.

“I trudged through life, just functioning. If I could have been anyone else but me for a long time, I would gladly have taken it. But we are now 10 years later. It’s a cliché, but time is a healer, even if it takes years. I’ve learned that life can be good again, can be great again.’

She shared that she was in a new relationship and added, “I don’t think you go through something like this as the same person,” she said. ‘I have become wiser. I’m probably more confident than I was.

“But I tend to wear armor all the time, if I’m honest — so I don’t get hurt again. I know as we go through life different things happen to us and I actually think I’m handling things right now. Nothing surprises me or scares me anymore.

Speed ​​(pictured playing for Wales) was his country's manager when he took his life

Speed ​​(pictured playing for Wales) was his country’s manager when he took his life

“I don’t know if that armor evolved over time or if I ever put it on consciously. All I know is it’s there now and not 10 years ago.

“I just want to protect myself from life. I never want to feel or experience anything like that again. I hope that makes sense.’

She also revealed that a few years ago, while searching a box of belongings, she came across a letter that Gary had written but never sent to her when he was first in Leeds. In it, he admits to having suicidal thoughts. He was 17.

“That letter was never sent,” she says. ‘That was the first thing I knew about it. But my conclusion is that to do what Gary did, you must be unwell in your mind. He couldn’t talk, wouldn’t talk. He got all the opportunities through people like the League Managers Association.

“If someone in football had come to him with problems, he would have steered them in the right direction. But he didn’t do that for himself. So all I can say or assume is that he wouldn’t or couldn’t talk about whatever it was.”

Gary and Louise’s two sons, Eddie and Tommy, were just 14 and 13 when they lost their father. Both now study in New York and are gifted football players.

“It hasn’t been easy, but we’ll get there,” Tommy told Sportsmail. “It was hard to move on, but we have to.

Now Louise has shared how she found happiness again with millionaire businessman Mr Bird (pictured together).  The couple is listed as directors of a real estate company they run

Now Louise has shared how she found happiness again with millionaire businessman Mr Bird (pictured together). The couple is listed as directors of a real estate company they run

“I’m proud of Dad. I always watch videos of his goals and matches. But I couldn’t be the man I am today without Mommy.’

Gary and Louise first got together as 15-year-olds in Flintshire, North Wales and their first date was at a tennis club when he forgot his racket.

Her life was dominated by Gary’s career in football for 20 years, first in Leeds where he won the old Divison One trophy under Howard Wilkinson and they married.

She then followed him back northwest to Everton and then Newcastle. Speed ​​played his later football at Bolton and finally at Sheffield United where he took over as manager in 2010.

When appointed Wales manager in early 2011, with just four months of managerial experience, Louise said she was “enthusiastic” as it wasn’t as demanding as club football and the couple could plan more, but in a few months Gary would be dead.

The night before he died, the couple had an argument, the inquest learned.

Louise said she had gone for a drive after they had spoken when they came back from dinner, but she couldn’t get back into the house.

She found his body in the garage early the next morning.

Louise and Gary had two sons together Eddie (left) and Tommy (right) who both grew up to be good football players and now study in New York, where they live 20 minutes apart

Louise and Gary had two sons together Eddie (left) and Tommy (right) who both grew up to be good football players and now study in New York, where they live 20 minutes apart

Four days earlier, 42-year-old Speed ​​texted his wife “in terms of taking his life,” but she said he turned it down because of their children.

She said the text conversation was about their “ups and downs,” as well as “how important the guys were” and “moving forward.”

The coroner at the inquest said he couldn’t be sure he intended to kill himself.

His friend, former England captain Alan Shearer, who was with him the day before he was found dead, said he found out that there were problems between the pair.

Shearer, whose family vacationed with the Speeds, said he told him such issues were normal in a long-term relationship.

Shearer last saw him over lunch the Saturday before he died, when Speed ​​appeared on the BBC’s Football Focus programme.

He said Speed ​​seemed okay and laughed and joked.

The inquest was told about a dinner party hosted by a friend of Speed ​​the night before he died, when he was in a good mood.

Speed ​​had been pushed into the pool with his clothes on, along with other men, trying to push everyone else in the spirit of pleasure. He had also talked about booking a Christmas vacation to Dubai.

Louise has revealed that the last few years have been tough for her.  She said in an interview with the Mail: 'Can I forgive Gary?  I do not know.  It hurt us so much… but I want it.”

Louise has revealed that the last few years have been tough for her. She said in an interview with the Mail: ‘Can I forgive Gary? I do not know. It hurt us so much… but I want it.”

Gary and Louise smiled for the camera as they appeared at his former teammate Shay Given's Fashion Kicks event at Lancashire County Cricket Club in Manchester

Gary and Louise smiled for the camera as they appeared at his former teammate Shay Given’s Fashion Kicks event at Lancashire County Cricket Club in Manchester

Robert Bateman, the taxi driver who took the Speeds home, said everything had seemed normal and that they were “as normal as ever.”

The investigation found that Speed ​​had alcohol in his blood, just above the UK alcohol limit of 80 mg.

The investigation revealed that investigators believed Speed ​​had been sitting in his garage. Where he was found was wet from his pants after his previous dip in the pool.

The coroner said it was unclear what was going through his mind, but he knew his wife was nearby and he may have expected to be found.

Mr Rheinberg recorded a narrative verdict, saying: “It seems likely that Mr Speed ​​has been sitting with a ligature around his neck for some time.

“It could be that this was some sort of dramatic gesture, not normally in Mr. Speed’s character, but a possibility nonetheless.”

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